If you’re concerned about your constantly-growing guest list – fear not! There are plenty of ways you can make your big wedding feel much cozier than you ever thought possible. By being mindful about the seating arrangements, colour palette, and lighting, you can make your wedding of 250 feel as intimate as if there were less than 100 people in attendance. Continue reading to discover five tips on how to make a large wedding feel intimate.
Limit Table Sizes
The last thing you want to do when hosting a big wedding is to have guests sitting at large round tables where it’s impossible to make conversation. That is why we recommend limiting table sizes to eight or ten people maximum. The best weddings are the ones where you get a chance to catch up with old friends or make new ones. This simply won’t happen if tables are too large, as guests will feel isolated and more hesitant to strike up a conversation with their fellow diners.
Give Out Welcome Bags
This might not be feasible for all couples, but if you have the means, then consider creating and distributing welcome bags to your guests upon arrival. This is a fantastic method of making guests feel welcome and important the moment they arrive at your wedding. It’s also a great way of acquainting out of town guests with the location where the wedding takes place. Consider including a personalized map, a list of things to do nearby if there is a long gap between the ceremony and the reception, or even a hangover kit (complete with aspirin, water bottles, mints, and a power bar).
Choose a Cozy Venue
Choosing a venue is hands down one of the most important steps in the wedding planning process. A venue has the ability to make or break a wedding – and this is especially true for large weddings. Although it might sound tempting owing to its simplicity, hosting a large wedding in a giant ballroom is not conducive to intimacy. Instead, consider a venue with two distinct spaces for the ceremony and reception. The venues should still be large enough to fit all of your guests, but not so big that there is excess space or more room than necessary between tables, which is what so often happens in ballrooms. Having less physical distance between your guests (and between you and your guests) will ultimately create a much cozier atmosphere.
Scatter Personalized Details Throughout
If you have a guest list in the hundreds, then one trick to make your wedding feel more intimate is to incorporate plenty of personalized details. Write a handwritten note to each guest and tuck it into their escort card, create a memory wall in the foyer of the venue with photos or trinkets of loved ones who are no longer alive, or come up with a signature drink that speaks to who you are as a couple for guests to enjoy. These small details might not seem like much, but they are a surefire way to make your wedding feel more intimate and memorable to guests.
Use Romantic Lighting and Colours
One of the easiest ways to create a sense of intimacy at a large wedding? Romantic lighting! Fairy lights, dimmed chandeliers, pastel-hued uplights, or hundreds of flickering candles are all ways of instantaneously making your reception space feel cozy. Another route is to choose a colour palette for your flowers and decor that is soft and romantic. Think warm tones like gold, amber, blush, or champagne.
Whether you opt for romantic lighting, personalized cocktails, or all of the above, we hope this list has reassured you that it really is possible to make a large wedding feel intimate.
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